AC Milan’s Primavera side had a mixed but productive 2022-23 season, and they have begun the new campaign in very positive fashion.
Last season, the team battled against relegation in the league for most of the campaign before a late surge guided them away from danger, while in the UEFA Youth League they went on a memorable run to the final four of the competition for the first time ever.
As PianetaMilan write, the Primavera’s season started off on a high note as they managed to win their first two league games against Monza and Bologna, 3-1 and 4-1 respectively.
The report speaks of a ‘Baby boom’, breaking the squad down department by department.
Defence: The Primavera can count on a real pillar in Jan-Carlo Simic, who is the rock at the back and is clearly not too far away from making the jump given he played in the preseason friendlies in the USA, even starting against Real Madrid.
Could he soon make the leap to the first team full-time? It is too early to say and it is important not to rush the former Stuttgart man, but Simic remains fundamental for Ignazio Abate’s side.
Then there is the full-backs, starting with Adam Bakoune is slowly becoming more and more important for Abate, and Davide Bartesaghi who in the summer became one of the candidates for the position of deputy to Theo Hernandez.
After being called up against Bologna, at the moment Bartesaghi remains a point of reference for the Milan Primavera and perhaps one of the most promising and strongest full-backs in the category. Alex Jimenez – who arrived from Real Madrid in the summer – is still an unknown.
Midfield: Let’s move on to midfield where Abate can count on very solid players like Dariusz Stalmach, Victor Eletu and Mattia Malaspina, all of whom will be looking to take a step forward this season.
Kevin Zeroli continues to shine above all however. After starring in 2022-23, he has continued his good form into the new campaign and is showing himself to be a great box-to-box player with a knack for attacking contributions.
Zeroli can dominate in the Milan Primavera, but he could soon become a member of Stefano Pioli’s squad having also played in some of the first team friendlies.
Attack: In attack, the Primavera is overflowing with talent. Having lost Marko Lazetic, Abate focused on Diego Sia who for now is proving to be a top striker capable of scoring even with few chances.
Hugo Cuenca and Alessandro Bonomi shine on the flanks providing good service for the strikers thanks to their dribbling and speed.
Then there is perhaps the hottest property of all: 15-year-old Francesco Camarda. For now he hasn’t shone, but the talent is absolutely there and he will just need time to adapt.
Full Milan Primavera squad:
➤ Goalkeepers: Bartoccioni, Colzani, Raveyre, Torriani.
➤ Defenders: Bakoune, Bartesaghi, Incorvaia, Jimenez Sanchez, Magni, Nsiala Makengo, Paloschi, Parmiggiani, Simic.
➤ Midfielders: Eletu, Malaspina, Mancioppi, Perrucci, Sala, Stalmach, Zeroli.
➤ Forwards Bonomi, Camarda, Cuenca Martinez, Liberali, Scotti, Sia, Skoczylas.